Local Government Report : The Bakersfield City Council Meeting

918 Words4 Pages
For my local government report, I watched the Bakersfield City Council meeting that was held on June 7, 2017 online. The public officials that were in attendance were Mayor Karen Goh, Vice Mayor Bob Smith, and council members Willie Rivera, Andrae Gonzales, and Chris Parlier. This meeting was about the traffic incidents that have occurred and how public officials need to do everything possible to help. Even though it is up to the citizens to be safe, the public officials need to do everything possible to reduce this tragedy. A traffic evaluation report came out last week, talking about pedestrian deaths.Bakersfield car accidents cause more injury, death, and economic loss than any other crime or civic issue. Motor vehicle accidents are an…show more content…
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the federal government estimates that per mile traveled in 2012 nationally, the number of deaths on motorcycles was more than 26 times the number in cars. Motorcycle deaths accounted for 13% of all motor vehicle crash deaths in 2013. Drivers are being very unsafe. According to the report, there has been over 12,000 red light citations and over 6,000 speeding citations. This is major problem in our community and needs to be fixed. The public officials discussed how driving is not a place to play or to be distracted. Though it is up to the citizens to be safe, the public officials believe they need to everything the can to ensure safety. What the public officials believe they can do to fix this problem is install a vision zero plan. Los Angeles has already installed a vision zero plan which is blueprinted to reduce fatalities by 20 percent in 2020, and by 2025 have no traffic fatalities. The vision zero plan is a traffic safety project which tries to make a highway system with no fatalities. The vision zero policy work is focusing on raising awareness. LADOT, LAPD, and other city departments are going to work closely with community organizations. They want the city to work with community groups so that LA lives can be saved and attitudes can be changed. Bakersfield has tried to implement this in the past but it has not came out

More about Local Government Report : The Bakersfield City Council Meeting

Open Document